There are a lot of people who haven’t been as fortunate as I in life, so if I am able to help, that’s what I believe is the right thing to do.
After serving his country in Vietnam, Steve Conary returned home and began a career with the DuPont company. That career went on to last more than three decades as he worked in a wide range of manufacturing and business and project roles for the company. In 2005, Steve retired but isn’t one to just sit still. He began looking for opportunities to help others.
“I have had a good life and we are comfortable,” said Steve. “There are a lot of people who haven’t been so fortunate, so if I am able to help that’s what I believe is the right thing to do.”
Steve was already serving on his town planning commission and began volunteering with the United Way. His friends recommended the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program as something he might be interested in. Eleven years later he is still volunteering with the program.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax assistance to those in need. The organization is the largest free tax service provider and serves more than 2.8 million taxpayers each year. Steve has gone from serving as a tax instructor, to state training leader, and then the national training committee while still also preparing tax returns. For Steve, it is important work.
“It is a great service, so many people are very confused and concerned about their taxes,” said Steve. “Especially in the case of a death of a loved one who typically did the household taxes. We are able to help them and to see the smiles on people’s faces when we are able to help them makes it all worthwhile.”
Steve and his wife Jean, who will be join him on the cruise have two sons and three grandchildren. In their spare time, they enjoy playing bridge, traveling, and getting involved in activities at their 55+ neighborhood.